November 2nd - 5th 2017 in Downtown Detroit
Cobo Center & Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

In addition to a huge dealer's room at Cobo, epic video game and tabletop rooms, amazing special guest panels, and live events planned by our attendees, Youmacon also hosts an array of signature events each year, such as our Live Action Mario Party, Guests Against Humanity, and much, much more. Interested? Keep reading to get a taste of our special event offerings.

Anime Name That Tune

This classic, brought to you by Zephyr Game Shows, takes eight audience members and enters them into a single-elimination tournament where quick knowledge of anime music (and the occasional video game piece) makes or breaks your chances for big prizes. Audience members will also be eligible for prizes and Super Cool whenever the contestants get stumped like a nun in our hentai game show!

Charity Cosplay Ball

You are cordially invited for a grand evening of music and dancing. Dress in your classiest attire or a formal cosplay creation and ballroom dance for Detroit's Cornerstone Schools. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and have the most regal Youmacon ever!

To be admitted to the ball, you must purchase a ticket for $10 (don't panic, it's for charity) or in exchange for a Platinum event ticket.

The Charity Cosplay Ball requires all attendees to wear formal outfits or formal cosplay. Clothing and cosplay of the opposite gender are permitted, as long as the attendee's appearance and behavior is formal and tasteful.

The following items exemplify what is appropriate for the ball:

  • Tuxedos
  • Dark suits
  • Ball gowns
  • Cocktail dresses
  • Evening gowns
  • Prom dresses
  • Dinner suits
  • Respectable military attire
  • Kimonos and other foreign formal outfits
  • Gothic Lolita fashion

The following items exemplify what is not appropriate:

  • Shirts with the absence of both jacket and tie
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Dresses and skirts that fall excessively high on the body
  • Sneakers
  • Western sandals and flip-flops
  • School uniforms
  • Costumes that could be considered offensive
  • Large props and costume appendages
  • Clothing that disregards the general cosplay rules

If you're unsure whether your outfit follows the dress code, e-mail programming or ask the cosplay signup staff at the convention.


The Youmacon dance blows the doors off the ballroom. Bright lights, killer sound, and the musical stylings of our DJs will leave you yearning for more.


Join us to sing your favorite anime themes or other Japanese songs! Sing alone or with a group of friends to show your talent or lack thereof! Bringing your own CD is encouraged for a sure opportunity to sing the song you want.

Maid Cafe

This otaku attraction commonly seen in anime and J-dramas such as "Densha Otoko" has been brought to the States by Youmacon! Be welcomed into a cafe-style setting Friday evening of the con and be served in style by our very own maids, where you can munch on pastries and drinks with our guests.

Interested?  Check out the Youmacon Maid Cafe on Facebook!


Ever wanted to meet one of Youmacon's fantastic guests face to face and have the opportunity to get their photo and autograph? This is your chance!

Autograph Rules

A maximum of four items per attendee may be signed. If you wish for more, you may return to the end of the line and have one additional item signed upon each return to the front, time permitting. Only one photograph per guest may be taken during autograph sessions. Platinum registrants must notify a guest relations staffer of their presence in the first 30 minutes of a session to be granted autograph priority.

Guests will not sign pirated/bootlegged materials. Ask guest relations staff if you are not certain whether an item is legitimate.

Do not request phone calls and voice mail recordings during autograph sessions.

Use common sense if you choose to give a gift to a guest.

Due to time constraints, the line length may be limited, and attendees near the end may not receive autographs.

Remember to expedite your time spent at the autograph table so that the line can proceed.